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Improved AC power cable retention by increasing compression latch friction

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000202098D
Publication Date: 2010-Dec-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

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Abstract

A method and system for improved power cable retention utilizing a compression latch to increase friction is disclosed.

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Improved AC power cable retention by increasing compression latch friction

Disclosed is a method and system for improved power cable retention utilizing a compression latch to increase friction.

AC power cables are used on many computer products, including servers, mainframes, and desktop machines.

Vibration and movement of a machine connected with an AC power cable connections could become disconnected and lose power. This disconnection occurs because the power cable connection may have an insufficient retention force. A disconnection can cause a break in the high voltage distribution and cause product operation interruption. Known solutions use various clamps, clips and/or harnesses to retain the C13/C14 cable connection. These solutions increase the cost and have added manufacturing and service time.

A more cost effective solution is to add a compression latch to the mold of the C13 and C14 AC power connectors to increase friction between the C13 and C14 mating pair thus increasing mate/unmate force reducing the chance of interruptions due to vibration or machine movement.

A compression latch is molded into the C13 and C14 connectors, on the top for the C13 and on the bottom for the C14. The compression latch on the C13 does not interfere with the compression latch on the C14. Any C13 with the mold would be able to be plugged into a C14 without the mold and any C14 with the mold would be able to be plugged into a C13 without the mold (ie. all connectors would...